Preventive Family Team Meetings

Preventive Family Team Meetings 

The Preventive Family Team Meeting (PFTM) process is focused on the family and their team creating a plan to get the family’s needs met and to ensure safety for all family members. Teams consist of invididuals agreed upon by the family, including both natural and professional supports.  CPPC partners hold to the principle of "nothing about us, without us." In other words, PFTMs cannot occur without the family present. In fact, families are in the driver's seat and lead the decision-making process.

To learn more, check out our PFTM Info Sheet!

The goal of every PFTM is to leave with a plan of action to resolve a family's complex need. 


Guiding Principles 

  • Family Voice: families and children's voices need to be heard. All planning and decision-making is grounded in the family's perspective.

  • Family Choice: families and their teams work collaborativey and persistently to explore choices that work best for the family.

  • Strengths-Based: every family has strengths, and when supported, can make well-informed decisions about keeping children safe.

  • Culturally Aware: family teams ensure that supports demonstrate respect for families'  beliefs, values, culture, and identity.  

  • Natural Supports:  sources of natural support are sustainable and broaden the diversity of the team's knowledge and skills.


Who can Convene?

Anyone who cares about a family experiencing a high level of stress can convene at PFTM -  teachers, guidance counselors, police officers, case managers, neighbors, faith leaders, and more!

Need more information?  Contact us by clicking on the community of the family:  Portland,  South Portland,  Westbrook,  Biddeford


Who can Facilitate?  

Interested in becoming a PFTM Facilitator?  Attend one of our free PFTM Facilitator Trainings!

While many CPPC Partners are trained in Preventive Family Team Meetings, not everyone feels entirely comfortable facilitating. For those who want to convene a PFTM, but not facilitate the meeting itself, there are Neutral Facilitators available to help.Neutral Facilitators are mediators from the Family Mediation Program who are specially trained in the Preventive Family Team Meeting process. These facilitators are able to help guide a family and team in creating a plan that works for everyone, most importantly the family.

Neutral Facilitators are currently available in four CPPC communities. You may request a Neutral Facilitator by clicking on the community of the family: PortlandSouth PortlandWestbrookBiddeford


Facilitator Tools 


Self-Sufficiency Matrix (SSM)

Family Plan

Preventive Family Team Meeting Facilitator Report (online)

Preventive Family Team Meeting Feedback Tool (online)

Preventive Family Team Meeting Feedback Tool (paper version)